Osprey Watch Report: 1 August 2015. And a taster!

Yesterday’s Report follows:-

Despite some rain on the way and as we set up, it turned into a very pleasant day at Leaplish but it was clearly very windy on Nests 1 and 2.

A wild hair day! (c) Forestry Commission England

A wild hair day!
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was lots of activity on and around Nest 1 so, most of the time, we had the monitor on the better picture of Nest 1. But when we moved to Nest 2, there was often an osprey there too. It was very windy so maybe it was easier to hunker down on a nest but the chicks were also looking for food and complaining when it didn’t arrive.

We saw the females on both Nest 1 and Nest 2 so they are still around. Basically it was a day of popping onto the nest, staying for a bit and flying off for a while. We saw one fish brought in by YA on Nest 1.

VP likes the look of what YA has brought (c) Forestry Commission England

VP likes the look of what YA has brought
(c) Forestry Commission England

Both chicks had a feed. About 12.30, there was a bit of a dispute between 2 birds over Nest 1, presumably an intruder of some sort. At about 13.30, a buzzard flew over the nest when both chicks were there. The adults were around, often on the trees left and right and the female spent a long time on the top of the camera pole. About 15.15 there was more intruder activity over the nest.

A few of the visitors enjoying the better weather (c) Joanna Dailey

A few of the visitors enjoying the better weather
(c) Joanna Dailey

By the end of the day, we had recorded around 120 visitors. Many had come for the day from Newcastle, Carlisle, the Northumberland Coast, and further afield. Several parties had seen the details of Osprey Watch in the Northumberland Wildlife Trust magazine. We had a family from Newcastle via Columbia. Some visitors had seen Ospreys elsewhere, including Canada. We also had visits from a couple who used to volunteer on the Watch – so we encouraged them to join us again – and from Martin, the ornithologist, and Joanna who was on her way home to cut the grass. Martin confirmed sightings of the Goldcrest fledglings beside the cabin. We advertised the Wednesday Osprey Cruises when we could, particularly to those staying longer.

The last two wooden Osprey pen holders were ably completed by two younger children, one of whom was experienced in making a similar model of a red squirrel. We had though to provide the children with the fish from the model in the cabin as we had run out of fish! Poor Ospreys!

Lynda, Joe and Margaret

Before Osprey Watch started there was a LOT of activity on Nest 1. Three ringed intruders were on the nest at the same time. The residents were nowhere to be seen! There will be another post and a video about the incidents later in the week. But for a taster, one of them was Blue 2H. He had touched also down briefly a couple of times on Nest 2 late on Friday.

Blue 2H lands on his parents' nest (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue 2H lands on his parents’ nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

In addition to the three ringed intruders yesterday an unringed male landed when the juveniles were present. He looks very like the Nest 3 male.

Is this the Nest 3 male? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is this the Nest 3 male?
(c) Forestry Commission England

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